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by Tim Regan — May 18, 2016 at 11:55 am 0

Kolache (Photo via Republic Kolache)(Updated at 12:13 p.m.) Republic Kolache, D.C.’s buzzy pop-up kolache shop, will sling pastries at American Ice Company (917 V St. NW) for the last time on May 28, the company announced via email this morning.

“It’s been a good run,” the “bittersweet” announcement reads. “From the wild turnout on our opening day last August, to the great fun we’ve had collaborating with guest chefs on kolache flavors, to the simple ritual of sharing kolaches and coffee with so many of you each week — getting our little kolache bakery off the ground at American Ice has been an immensely gratifying process.”

The company announced it will also end its pop-up shop at Union Market the same weekend. But the kolache company isn’t down for the count:

“We’re actively working on finding a permanent brick and mortar home for Republic Kolache,” the announcement reads. Furthermore, the company is slated to launch a late night weekend kolache pop-up at Dacha in Shaw on Friday, June 3.


by Andrew Ramonas — April 28, 2016 at 1:55 pm 0

Crooked Beat Records (Photo via Facebook/Crooked Beat Records)(Updated at 2:40 p.m.) A record store that has spent more than a decade in Adams Morgan is set to shut down next month over health concerns.

Crooked Beat Records at 2116 18th St. NW is slated to close May 29 due to “serious respiratory problems” owner Bill Daly developed while working in the shop, according to a post published today on the store’s Facebook page.

The “old” building, which Crooked Beat has occupied since 2004, has “too many problems” that “have been constant, aggravating and very stressful” during the past year, the announcement says.


by Andrew Ramonas — March 18, 2016 at 8:40 am 0

Crooked Beat Records (Photo via Facebook/Crooked Beat Records)

The owner of an Adams Morgan record store might move his shop due to the condition of its building, which he said last night is affecting his health.

Bill Daly, who owns Crooked Beat Records at 2116 18th St. NW, wrote in a post on his store’s Facebook page that he decided not to sign a long-term extension of his lease “out of concern for my health.”

He didn’t specify how the building was affecting his well-being and declined to identify the building’s problems. But he noted that the structure’s issues have “progressively gotten worse.”


by Tim Regan — March 8, 2016 at 2:00 pm 0

Brick Lane

New restaurant Brick Lane will bring burgers, mac and cheese, sandwiches, steaks and tacos to 17th Street NW when it opens next week.

The eatery will open at 1636 17th St. NW on Monday, owner Salim Elalami told Borderstan yesterday evening.

“It is pretty much comfort food,” said Elalami, who added that the new restaurant will serve a diverse menu with influences from French, Spanish, Thai and American cuisines. “It’s almost like a little bistro.”


by Tim Regan — March 4, 2016 at 3:40 pm 0

A patisserie specializing in trendy French pastries is set to open its doors soon in Dupont Circle.

Un Je Ne Sais Quoi is on track to open early next week at 1361 Connecticut Avenue NW, said the shop’s co-owner, Aude Buisine. The patisserie is currently waiting on approval from the D.C. Department of Health and the Department of Regulatory and Consumer Affairs, she said.


by Andrew Ramonas — March 2, 2016 at 11:30 am 0

The Dirty Goose logo (Image via Facebook/The Dirty Goose)Locals looking to check out a bar catering to the LGBT community before it starts slinging drinks on the U Street corridor this year will have a chance to do so this month.

The Dirty Goose is scheduled to pop up at BKK Cookshop (1700 New Jersey Ave. NW) Thursday, March 17, from 5 to 10 p.m. BKK is slated to have “several of the classic cocktails” that The Dirty Goose plans to serve when it opens this spring at 913 U St. NW, according to a Facebook event post.

Profits from drink sales during the pop-up event will go toward SMYAL, which helps LGBT youth in the Washington area.


by Andrew Ramonas — February 11, 2016 at 2:55 pm 0

Treat Yo' Self (Or Someone Else) Holiday Pop Up (Photo via Facebook/One Love Massive)Locals looking for a Valentine’s Day gift for a loved one, or themselves, can hit a pop-up market with D.C. vendors in Adams Morgan tonight.

The “Treat Yo’ Self (Or Someone Else) Holiday Pop Up” is scheduled for 6 to 9 p.m. at Mellow Mushroom (2436 18th St. NW).

The market is slated to have more than a dozen businesses selling items made in D.C. The confirmed vendors include candymaker Undone Chocolate, clothier DC As FCK and health and beauty company Capital Naturals, among others.


by Tim Regan — January 8, 2016 at 3:45 pm 0

Sheryar Durrani didn’t shy away from hard work, recalls U Scoot (1949 Vermont Ave. NW) owner and close friend Andre Esser.

“He wasn’t beneath getting his hands dirty,” Esser said. “Any time I needed a hand or a help or a favor, nothing was beneath him.”

Durrani, who managed U Scoot and worked closely with Esser, died of an apparent heart attack on Dec. 19. He was 53 years old. (more…)

by Andrew Ramonas — January 8, 2016 at 12:00 pm 0

Future home of Wash HydroA store is slated to open in Adams Morgan next week for locals looking to start indoor gardens for fruit, vegetables, flowers and, if they so desire, marijuana.

Wash Hydro is expected to begin selling its hydroponic gardening supplies at 2318 18th St. NW next Friday, said John Kenney, who is helping set up the shop. The store is owned by his daughter, Sarah Kenney, who started the business online last year.

Although Wash Hydro’s grow tents work for cultivating cannabis, John Kenney told Borderstan this week he uses hydroponic gardening techniques for African violets.


by Tim Regan — December 23, 2015 at 2:00 pm 2 Comments

14th and U streets NW

Prime real estate is available on U Street.

Last month, we reported that the storefront at the corner of 14th and U streets NW — formerly the cricket wireless store — is up for grabs. And just last week, CakeLove announced it would close its doors at 1506 U Street NW.

It’s safe to say some new businesses will arrive in the U Street corridor — and not just that bagel cafe everyone’s waiting for. We want to know: What kind of businesses would you like to see arrive on U Street? Weigh in by voting in the poll. Got specific ideas?  Tell us what you think in the comments.

by Tim Regan — December 21, 2015 at 12:30 pm 0

Andrew StuartThe co-owner of the High Dive (2337 18th St. NW), who is currently in the hospital awaiting an organ donation, is in “good spirits,” according to the bar’s other owner.

High Dive co-owner Tristan Magee announced last week that friend and business partner, Andrew Stuart, was critically ill and in need of an organ donation. Though Magee previously said he “didn’t think [Stuart] was going to make it,” he’s now more optimistic about his business partner’s condition.

“I saw Andrew yesterday and he was drastically different from the person I saw last time,” Magee told us this morning. “He’s awake and coherent, and seems to be in pretty good spirits, actually … after seeing him yesterday, I think he’s going to get through this.”

Magee previously has declined to disclose exact details of his business partner’s illness out of respect for Stuart’s family.

Though Magee cautioned that Stuart “is not out of the woods” until he receives a transplant, he added that “his sense of humor is unscathed, and knowing Andrew, that’s whats going to get himself through this.”

Magee said that since he shared the news about Stuart’s illness last week, the neighborhood has come forward to offer condolences and support.

“The whole Adams Morgan community has been really supportive,” said Magee. “I know that means a lot to not only Andrew and his family, but me as well.”

Photo via Facebook / High Dive

by Tim Regan — December 17, 2015 at 9:05 am 0

CakeLoveA local bakery is saying goodbye to U Street.

CakeLove, which first opened at 1506 U Street NW in 2002, will close its doors at the end of this month, founder Warren Brown wrote in a press release last night.

Brown added that, while the U Street location is set to close, he’ll launch a new online store this month to help sell the company’s most popular product, CakeLove in a jar.

“After 13 wonderful years, the day has come for us to say goodbye to U Street,” Brown wrote in the release. “While I’m sad to leave the many friends and neighbors of this wonderful community, I’m very excited for this change.”

Brown will celebrate the company’s 13-year run with goodbye party and cake-cutting ceremony this Saturday at noon at the U Street location.

CakeLove’s location in Arlington closed at the beginning of 2015.

Photo via Facebook/CakeLove

by Andrew Ramonas — December 15, 2015 at 3:00 pm 0

Bazaar Spices (Photo via Twitter/Bazaar Spices)

A “full-service” spice shop is set to begin scooping out personalized flavor concoctions and more than 100 ready-made blends in Atlantic Plumbing within a few weeks, its owners told Borderstan today.

Bazaar Spices is slated to expand its offerings at its Union Market stand with a 625-square-foot space at 2130 8th St. NW during the first week of January, owners Ivan Fitzgerald and Monica Grover said.

“At Atlantic Plumbing, we will continue to offer our high level of customer service that we really take great pride in providing and the really deep, rare and eclectic collection of spices, botanicals, beans, rice, lentils and other specialty items,” they said in an email. “We will have more room so we plan on adding even more unique goodies.”



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